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From Childcare to Procter & Gamble’s Baby Care Division: Mutala’s Career Path Supports Kids

Nadirah Mutala MBA'11

Nadirah Mutala

“I’ll be helping mothers make decisions for their kids and families. I know that mothers care about research and quality, and I’ll be connecting them with the best products for their families.”

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Nadirah Mutala turned her interest in child development into a career serving both children and families alike.

Studying child development at the University of Texas at Austin, then working as the director of an after-school program, Mutala knew how to work with both parents and children. With a background in childcare and elementary administration, she wanted an MBA program that would build on her interests while teaching her new skills.

She attended a Kelley recruiting event in New York City and saw what the MBA program was all about: sustained connections.

“I saw the way the alumni were connected and how they supported each other and me,” she says. “They even offered me tutoring for my GMAT exam. They were a helpful support group—and not just the ones who had recently graduated.”

During her first year in the Consumer Marketing Academy, Mutala went on a tour of companies with her classmates. She learned about the different functions within marketing departments. When she heard about consumer relations, it clicked for her that she wanted to work directly with the people who would buy.

That same year, she worked on a group project for Eli Lilly. When she interned at Cook Medical, she realized her class experience at Kelley was directly in line with the project she would work on that summer.

Through the CMA’s career coaching, Mutala saw a pattern in her life emerge: She loved to advocate for the people and ideas she supported. She accepted a job at Procter & Gamble in the baby care division, a move back to the child development world she cares so much about.

“I’ll be helping mothers make decisions for their kids and families. I know that mothers care about research and quality, and I’ll be connecting them with the best products for their families.”

Mutala thought it would be a leap to turn her education and childcare experience into a sustainable career in marketing. Now she’s achieved much more than that.

“I feel like I’ve been transformed while leveraging all the experiences I’ve had,” she says. “And now I’ve landed a position I never would have gotten before my time at the CMA.”

Published April 11, 2011